What you'll do
I'll collect you from the meeting location and provide a safety briefing and trip outline before beginning our adventure in my 4wd vehicle. During our trip I'll provide commentary about the Wellington region, it’s cultural, natural and geological history, and the natural environment. From the city centre we'll drive upto the Brooklyn wind turbine scenic lookout for stunning panoramic views of Wellington city and the surrounding areas. From there we'll traverse rugged hills above the Wellington south coast with stunning panoramic views across to the Kaikoura mountains on the South Island and beyond. We travel along a private road to Hawkins Hill 500m above sea level, the highest lookout point around Wellington for spectacular unobstructed views across the Cook Strait to the South Island and across to Cape Palliser in the east. To the west we can see the Makara wind farm, and to the north the Tararua mountain ranges. Leaving Hawkins Hill we then enter Long Gully Station following 4wd tracks through rugged private land down, encountering wildlife along the way, to Sinclair Head for a closeup views of the NZ Fur seals. After a drink and snacks, we'll traverse The Gates of Mordor and along the 4wd beach track passing through the Taputeranga Marine Reserve. We'll finish our journey by viewing Wellington city from Mt Victoria, and then back to the city centre.
I am an experienced adventure tour guide with over 20 years of leading adventure related trips and tours with a deep understanding of Wellington’s cultural, geological, natural and maritime history. Over many years I have explored the Wellington and Wairarapa areas of the lower North Island and taken shared this experience with many of my Airbnb guests. I have an interest in history, palaeontology, conservation, and the natural environment that we live in. I am also a fully qualified scuba diving instructor and have explored New Zealand diverse coastline over many years and have a rich understanding of Wellington city and the surrounding natural environment.
4wd vehicle for the trip
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Where you'll be
From Wellington city travel to the south coast via public roads stopping at the iconic Brooklyn Turbine, traversing a private farm, via rugged 4wd tracks reaching 500m above sea level at Hawkins Hill that provides spectacular panoramic views all around Wellington. During our journey down to the rugged Wellington South Coast we'll encounter wild animals before stopping at Sinclair Head to view the seals and then traverse The Gates of Mordor.
Things to keep in mind
For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 4 guests ages 16 and up can attend. Guests do not need any previous experience, but a sense of adventure would be great. Please ensure you bring warm clothing suitable for the weather prevailing weather conditions on the day.
This is a 4wd trip around the rugged South Coast of Wellington. The trip is scheduled for daylight hours, usually a morning a start, so differs from my other South Coast trip that is scheduled for guests to enjoy the sunsets. I am flexible around the start time of the trip. Bring warm clothing.
Wellington South Coast 4wd morning trip